Saturday, February 25, 2017
Documentary Genre Gaining Popularity
Artists and Orphans: A True Drama is a story about humanitarian work undertaken by a group of American actors and dancers in the Republic of Georgia. Profiling an effort to aid an orphanage in need of repairs and supplies in the face of the oncoming winter, Artists and Orphans: A True Drama that earned an Academy Award nomination in 2002 for Best Documentary Short Subject.
In order to qualify as a documentary, a film must be a nonfiction piece that uses motion picture to capture some aspect of reality. Documentary films often take an unusual or unknown approach to a topic and craft a narrative that generates a desire in the audience to continue watching through to the end, even when the subject matter is emotionally difficult.
In recent years, the documentary film genre has experienced a significant boost in popularity. For example, the British Film Institute indicated that only four documentaries were released in British theaters in 2001, whereas just over a decade later 86 found their way into theaters. This can be attributed, in part, to a higher number of streaming platforms offering documentaries for rent or purchase.